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January 15, 2019

In the ever relevant and ever quoted Orwell essay 'Why I Write,' he lists four reasons for writing:

1) Sheer egoism

2) Aesthetic enthusiasm

3) Historial impulse

4) Political purpose

The last, political purpose, probably has caused more consternation than the other three. I...

October 19, 2018

1. LIMITS ARE YOUR FRIEND (because the best solution is a creative solution)

2. DON'T BE TOO GOOD A WRITER (don't fall in love with your skill)

3. GOOD WRITING IS WRITING THAT WORKS (corollary to Commandment #2)

4. GOOD WRITING HAS ITS OWN ENERGY AND VELOCITY

5. A GOOD IDE...

September 2, 2018

When I was a kid growing up in New Jersey, I wanted to be a rock star. That was all I wanted to be. Specifically, Springsteen. So I got a guitar and played and played and played. But I never really took lessons, I never really played in a band (well, I tried once or tw...

June 15, 2018

I did a very non-Banksy thing and went to the Banksy exhibit in Toronto (run by his ex-assistant, not endorsed by Banksy).

At any rate, there is something exciting by a not-give-a-fuck (but really do give a fuck), not care about success (but really care about the work),...

April 15, 2018

My most recent writing project is the play 'New Wave' (even though I had sworn off writing plays after a number of failures). One of the themes is the idea of 'capturing'/depicting suffering, and I specifically use the word capturing, as if there is a predatory nature...

February 20, 2018

Great writers have continued relevance and prescience. But then, maybe not much has really changed since 1963:

"Behind what we think of as the Russian menace lies what we do no wish to face, and what white Americans do not face when they read a Negro reality- the fact t...

January 12, 2018

In his new book 'Live Cinema and Its Techniques', Francis Ford Coppola lays out his rules of screenwriting and filmmaking in an early chapter: 

1) Character is revealed by behavior.

2) A story can be told through unique moments between its principal characters.

3) The mem...

December 8, 2017

I recently made a list of my weakest faults as a writer:

1) may suck

2) tendency to overly complex storylines/too many themes

3) I like the sound of my own voice

4) bad choices= not, at some point, thinking about what an audience might actually want to see

5) not getting en...

November 28, 2017

David Mamet was asked once where he got his ideas, and he said 'my brain.' (I think this is a true and not apocryphal story- and even if not true, it has a truth to it.)

Which is sort of what makes writing so potentially difficult. The one thing you need to write is wha...

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